Funding Opportunities

Updated July 31, 2020      

NEW: CALIFORNIA GRANTS PORTAL  The California State Library is excited to announce the launch of the California Grants Portal. Billions of dollars in grant opportunities from dozens of state departments and agencies can now be easily accessed and opportunities can be filtered by keywords or categories. The Grants Portal also makes it possible to search by eligible applicant types, including nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, tribal governments, and others.


CYCLE 2 ARTS AND ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM GRANTS – APPLY MAY–JULY The California Arts Council (CAC) and the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) have partnered to provide small, but critical grants to artists with disabilities, and to arts organizations seeking to make programs accessible for all. The purpose of this grants program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts by people with disabilities throughout California.


NEA OUR TOWN GRANTS – APPLY BY AUGUST 6 Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' creative placemaking grants program. These project-based funds support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors.


CAC ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR FELLOWSHIP – DEADLINE EXTENDED! APPLY BY AUGUST 14  The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (SOAC), in partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC) and SVCreates, is administering a pilot program with the goal of uplifting an inclusive workforce and supporting the vibrancy of organizations that create and preserve the cultural identities of all California communities. The SOAC will pair 10 arts administrators of color with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12- month paid fellowship.


CALIFORNIA RELIEF FUND FOR ARTISTS AND CULTURAL PRACTITIONERS – APPLY BY AUGUST 18 The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners program was created by the California Arts Council in response to the economic crisis and impending financial needs of individual artists resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. A total of $920,000 of the Council’s state grant funds will be awarded through the program, which offers unrestricted $1,000 grants for individual artists and cultural practitioners statewide. Individuals from historically marginalized communities that have experienced financial disadvantages and may become more vulnerable due to current economic events are strongly encouraged to apply.


AASLH ONLINE ANNUAL MEETING SMALL MUSEUM SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY BY AUGUST 26 The American Association for State and Local History’s Annual Meeting originally scheduled to take place September 24–30 in Las Vegas, NV, has been moved online. AASLH’s Small Museums Committee is offering 25 scholarships to any AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums. Each scholarship will cover the complete cost of one individual conference registration fee. Acceptance of the scholarship is contingent upon recipients submitting a post to the AASLH blog about their Annual Meeting experience.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – APPLY BY OCTOBER 15 California Humanities awards Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) three times a year to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has created an FAQ page to address general COVID-19-related questions associated with submitting applications to IMLS grant programs and managing existing awards. IMLS encourages applicants and awardees to monitor this website regularly for updates.